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I don't know if it's just Jackman's performance or maybe it's after watching all the movies I've been watching but for whatever reason I really really wanted Hugh Jackman's character to be a good guy. I know the movie's about massive embezzlement in this school or whatever, but I still found myself hoping for the best. I think Jackman's performance, in addition to the solid script and competent direction, is what makes this movie pretty good instead of just another hbo film. Allison Janney is great as well of course as well as all the other supporting cast, but it's really Jackman's movie and he brings some real pathos to this character that's ultimate both good and bad. He saves and he rapes (that's a Dave Chappelle joke; there's no actual rape in this movie).
In light of other scandals involving America's educational system, the blame of this story is probably shared among all of us in the swirling cultural soup that is life. You can understand parents wanting good schools for their kids, a town liking the real estate prices that having a good school provides, and a school board willing to look the other way as the price of that. But Mr. Holland didn't go buying extra houses with stolen funds, Mr. Lean on Me or Mr. Stand and Deliver... not even Ms. Dangerous Minds took any off the top. Mr. One Eight Seven did kill that one kid though so I guess they're not all paragons of morality and ethics. I think I'm losing my own point, which is that the schools are yet another thing that seems to be getting practically worse while we all tell ourselves that they're getting better.
But anyway, this was a good movie. I enjoyed watching it. I guess the crime is what makes it interesting so why not.
Next, we're returning to documentary-land to learn about the dangers of talking shit in e-mails.